I LOVE (Hate) a Parade

Memorial Day Weekend here in the states, and that means parades.  As a kid, I watched a ton of parades, marched in a bunch too.  But I never was in a school with a marching band.  Became a music teacher without learning anything about marching bands, concert band yes, marching bands no.  Ended up in a school where I asked in my interview do you expect the band to march, they answered no.  I took the job.  Memorial Day came around and oops, they expected the band to march.  I survived, it was 33 years ago.  But I still have mixed feelings about parades.

This morning my hubby comes back from a trip to town and says he wants to go back into town to watch the parade, can I dress in 10 minutes.  Well, I did.  It was 40 minutes long.  To keep myself amused I took a ton of pictures with my iPhone.  And congratulations to the 3 music teachers in the neighboring town (elementary, middle, and high school) who were out there with their kids.

Parade Marshal in red car, H.S. Marching Band, local Democrats — this part of Vermont is so Democratic there were no Republicans to be seen.

More state level politicians, a fife & drum group, Shriners, local youth ice hockey, horse-drawn wagon.

The Middle School Band with their very young director — they sounded great and lucky them, do not have silly uniforms to wear,  Humane Society,  a Scottish Pipe Band, many local fire departments, “girls on the run”, and Vets for Peace (yep, it is Vermont and the hippies that moved in during the 1960s are still here.)  We are one of the least diverse states, but it does not mean we are anti-diversity.

Getting close to the end, an assortment of this and that, the Elementary School Band, playing something other than Our Director (which they always called the Mary Hogan School Song) — I am all in favor of the change and was very impressed with their performance, then very, very last ambulances that I did not photograph,  I was thinking of heading home and what is picturesque about a modern ambulance van anyway.   As parades go, this one was semi small town quirky and just long enough.

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Green & White

It is amazing how good my yard looks when I can crop very small portions of it, and adjust the color.  My bulbs did not do much this spring, will need to plant new ones this fall.  The crab apple tree above is pretty for about 3 days.  The picture was taken a day past peak.  My little irises may be good for another few days.  Have some annuals to plant, but waiting for temperatures to fall below the current high 80s.

That’s it from here, for now.

I love Britain

Those of you who have been reading “KittyHere or There, Anywhere” over the years may remember that There stands for the U.K., mostly England and Scotland. Since the inception of Facebook I have been fiercely anti-Facebook.  After all, if you want to share online you can use a blog!  But I yielded.  I really wanted to take advantage of some quality coaching for the low FODMAP diet (see my other blog about FODMAPs) that used private Facebook groups.  Now that I have joined Facebook I have set up a page called I love Britain – Present, Past, Future.  Would be happy if anyone cares to follow me there. (Yep, I’m unwilling to pay Facebook a cent to promote it.)  And Britain being Britain, I have decided the photo of an adorable little dog would be a more fitting profile picture than a cat, even though I do have photos of cats taken here, there, and anywhere around England.free